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The ASG Weekly Leaf: 8/21/20

Updated: Aug 28

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This Week's Content Highlights

Features from Aspen Strategy Group Members


Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley in USA Today: To Defeat COVID, Bring America's Full Power to the International Fight

Kurt Campbell and Ali Wyne in Lawfare: The Growing Risk of Inadvertent Escalation Between Washington and Beijing

Dianne Feinstein in National Museum of American History 'Senators on Suffrage': Change Will Come If We Continue to Keep Pushing

Jane Harman’s introduction to Wilson Center Report: 75 Years On: How Lessons from the Pacific Theater Impact American Foreign Policy Today

William Perry on At the Brink podcast: Project Sapphire

Anne-Marie Slaughter on Fareed Zakaria GPS: Crackdowns in Hong Kong and Belarus

Robert Zoellick on Council on Foreign Relations’ The President’s Inbox podcast: The History of U.S. Foreign Policy, with Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick

Things to Know

Stay Informed with Important Analysis Relevant to Aspen Security Forum Discussions


Robyn Dixon in The Washington Post: Facing a Furious Nation, Belarus’s Lukashenko Says He Would Rather Be Killed Than Agree to New Elections

  • See our ASF discussion on how to protect the digital landscape and our elections here.

Susan Glasser in The New Yorker: 'Mr. President, What Are Your Priorities?' Is Not a Tough Question

  • See our ASF discussion on how COVID-19 will reshape the globe with Susan Glasser here.

John Hannah in Foreign Policy: The Israel-UAE Deal Is Trump’s First Unambiguous Diplomatic Success

  • See our ASF discussion on the Middle East with outgoing U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook here.

Shivshankar Menon in Foreign Affairs: League of Nationalists: How Trump and Modi Refashioned the U.S.-Indian Relationship

  • See our ASF discussion on India’s foreign affairs strategy with Shivshankar Menon here.

Minxin Pei in Project Syndicate: Cultural Decoupling from China Will Hurt the U.S.

  • See our ASF discussion on U.S.-China relations with Minxin Pei here

Michael Schwirtz in The New York Times: U.N. Security Council Rejects U.S. Proposal to Extend Arms Embargo on Iran

  • See our ASF discussion with Ambassador of the U.S. to the UN Kelly Craft here.

In Remembrance of Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft


As we mourn the loss of the Aspen Strategy Group’s Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus Lt. General Brent Scowcroft, we would like to share several tributes written in his honor.


The full statement from Joseph Nye, Condoleezza Rice, Nicholas Burns, and Anja Manuel on the passing of Lt. General Scowcroft as well as additional tributes from ASG members can be found here.


Thomas E. Donilon in Foreign Policy: Brent Scowcroft, Former U.S. National Security Advisor, Dies at 95

Robert Gates in Foreign Affairs: The Scowcroft Model: An Appreciation

David Ignatius in The Washington Post: “Brent Scowcroft Embodied the American Belief in Putting the Country First

Sam Nunn’s NTI Statement: Statement of Former Senator Sam Nunn Regarding the Passing of Brent Scowcroft”

Joseph Nye in Project Syndicate: Brent Scowcroft Remembered

Bartholomew Sparrow and Doyle Hodges on War on the Rocks’ Horns of a Dilemma podcast: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security


Book of the Week


The Paladin: A Spy Novel

By David Ignatius

As the Aspen Strategy Group is on a brief programming hiatus following the 2020 Aspen Security Forum, we are taking the opportunity to indulge in some exciting works of fiction.

When a daring, high-tech CIA operation goes wrong and is disavowed, Michael Dunne sets out for revenge. Dunne is tasked with infiltrating an Italian news organization that smells like a front for an enemy intelligence service. Headed by an American journalist, the self-styled “people’s bandits” run a cyber operation unlike anything the CIA has seen before. Fast, slick, and indiscriminate, they steal secrets from everywhere and anyone, and exploit them in ways the CIA can neither understand nor stop. Soon after Dunne infiltrates the organization, however, his cover disintegrates. When news of the operation breaks and someone leaks that Dunne had an extramarital affair while on the job, the CIA leaves him to take the fall. Now a year later, fresh out of jail, Dunne sets out to hunt down and take vengeance on the people who destroyed his life.



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